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Category: Blind Babies Foundation

Drue Banister is a Wayfinder

Meet a vision specialist from our Blind Babies Foundation program How do you bring Wayfinder Family Services’ mission to life? Early language is difficult for children who have visual impairments, motor impairments that keep them from using sign language, or cognitive impairments. In object communication, we give them an object to touch, like a spoon…

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How a Song Changed Harper’s World

A simple song and a little star produced a tremendous breakthrough for Harper, a two-and a half-year-old girl in Wayfinder’s Blind Babies Foundation program, When Harper was a few months old, her parents, Kellie and Jason, began to see clues that something was wrong with their baby. She wasn’t following objects with her eyes or…

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Paying it Forward to a New Generation

“I had wonderful teachers who knew I was going to be successful,” says Caitlin Hernandez, graduate of Wayfinder’s Blind Babies Foundation early intervention program and teacher of children with disabilities. “I want to pay this forward.” Caitlin, now age 29, was born blind. “I have light perception but no functional vision,” she explains. When Caitlin…

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Elizabeth’s Path to Independence

“Before Elizabeth was born, I had never met a blind person,” says Gina, Elizabeth’s mother. Back then, Gina and her husband, Greg, wondered, How should we play with Elizabeth? Should we limit her activities? What will her life be like when she grows up? Wayfinder was there with the answers. When Elizabeth was 6 weeks…

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National Registry for Children with Visual Impairments

Babies Count is a national registry of young children, birth to 36 months of age with visual impairments and Wayfinder’s Blind Babies Foundation program was a founding member. This registry works in conjunction with public and private agencies to collect standardized epidemiological and demographic data regarding children, their visual conditions and the systems created to…

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Information about Optic Nerve Hypoplasia and Related Disorders

FOCUS Families is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to providing information, education and support to families whose children are affected by rare septo optic dysplasia and/or optic nerve hypoplasia. Headquartered in San Diego, California, the organization distributes current medical literature on the visual disorder ONH; provides information on community resources; conducts annual national conventions in…

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Resource for Children Diagnosed with Albinism

Albinism can affect vision in multiple ways. NOAH (National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation) has a special “New Parent Program” for families who have recently received an Albinism diagnosis for their child.  NOAH’s mission is to act as a conduit for accurate and authoritative information about all aspects of living with albinism and to provide a place where people…

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Parents and Their Infants with Visual Impairments

Parents are the most critical members of an early intervention team! PAIVI (Parents and Their Infants with Visual Impairments, 2nd Edition), written by Deborah Chen, Gail Calvello and Clare Taylor Friedman, is an updated version of the original Parents and Visually Impaired Infants (PAVII). This set of materials is designed to help parents and teachers…

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Cerebral Visual Impairment

Learn more about Cerebral Visual Impairment, the most common cause of visual impairment in children. This information is brought to you by Wayfinder’s Blind Babies Foundation program,which has been offering early intervention services to children with visual impairments and their families for 70 years. Follow #WayfinderRecommends and @wayfinderfamily on Twitter and Facebook during #BlindnessAwarenessMonth for…

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A Journey That Creates Lasting Bonds

Meet an Inspiring Wayfinder Family “Tatsiana is a joy,” says Pam Chapin, program director and vision impairment specialist with Wayfinder’s Blind Babies Foundation program in Northern California. “No one can meet her without falling in love with her.” “I love Pam,” says Tatsiana, mother of Sofia, who was in our Blind Babies Foundation program for…

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